Conor McDavid made the assist when Edmonton Oilers advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup play-offs with a 2-0 victory over hosts Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
Cody Cess also scored, and Mike Smith made 28 saves in his second playoff close for the Oilers, who last won their seventh game in 1998, celebrating their first playoff victory since 2017. :
Jonathan Quick made 39 saves, losing to the Kings, who did not win the playoffs as they won their second Stanley Cup in 2014, as they did last year when they won their seventh game in a row.
Edmonton was close to scoring halfway through the second half when a shot ran over the goal line, but Kings striker Andreas Athanasius caught it at the right time.
The Oilers finally broke the deadlock, with 6:45 left in the second half when McDavid made a pass from the net to the squeezing Cesie, who fired a shot over Quick’s shoulder.
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Edmonton came close to extending his lead several times in the early part of the third period as Josh Archibald nearly hit Quick through his legs and Kyle Yamamoto hit the post with most of the open net.
The Oilers finally secured third place at 3:53, thanks to the excellent individual effort of McDavid, who drove behind the net before sending his second exploration attempt for his 14th league lead in the 14th playoffs. McDavid scored several points in six of the seven games in the series.
The Oilers will now play the winner of the Calgary Flames / Dallas Stars series, which will be decided in their 7th game on Sunday.
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